Bevin Announces run for re-election

08/25/2018 11:16 PM

LEXINGTON-After months of speculation, Gov. Matt Bevin used the 2018 Republican Party of Kentucky Lincoln Dinner to announce he will be running for re-election in 2019.

The first term governor ended his speech to the crowd of 500 with the announcement, drawing cheers.

“You bet I’m running again. You bet I’m running again,” he told the crowd. “The work that is being done right now in our House and in our work that is being in our Senate is just getting warmed up. Buckle up because the next five years are going to be something to watch.”

Bevin cited a need to continue the work he has done as a reason for his decision.

“To not continue keeping the foot on the gas would be, frankly, the wrong thing for the state, it would be the wrong thing for all those who had worked so hard, the wrong thing for our existing legislature.” he told reporters after the dinner.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is pleased with Bevin’s decision to run for re-election.

“That’s exciting news for all of us who are proud of what has been in done in Frankfort with the new governor and the new statehouse and state Senate and we are pretty happy about the governor’s decision and the way he announced it tonight.” he said.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is the only confirmed gubernatorial candidate on the Democratic side but Democratic House Leader Rocky Adkins, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Former Auditor Adam Edelen and Rep. Attica Scott are rumored to be considering a bid. Bevin says he’ll “take anyone”.

Bevin wouldn’t confirm Jenean Hampton would his running mate instead saying all campaign announcements will come in the weeks ahead.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

4 Comments

Comments

  • Joe Btlxphzt wrote on August 26, 2018 09:26 PM :

    This may not matter to Gov. Bevin, but right now, lots of people seem to be laughing at Andy Barr. That’s the worst thing for a weak-kneed country-clubber like Barr.

    Barr is totally ineffective, like the entire crybaby Congress, but when people are laughing at Barr, he’s got problems.

    He needs to distance himself from his corrupt bros — the indicted Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, and the old rasslin’ coach Jim Jordan — these guys are immoral and corrupt, and they’re taking Andy down like a drowning victim, as Gov. Bevin put it so well.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on August 27, 2018 10:16 AM :

    If any republican in the state has aspirations of being Governor, now is your time…just file to run against Bevin the primary. You don’t have to spend a dime and you will be skyrocketed into the party structure.

  • Dee W. wrote on August 28, 2018 10:02 PM :

    Joe – I guess you missed the news that the person who made the allegation against Jordan supposedly “knowing” about abuse has recanted. Chris Collins is no longer running.

    Whatever Barr is, he isn’t a far left wing candidate like his opponent McGraff.

  • Dee W. wrote on August 28, 2018 10:03 PM :

    Joe – I guess you missed the news that the person who made the allegation against Jordan supposedly “knowing” about abuse has recanted. Chris Collins is no longer running.

    Whatever Barr is, he isn’t a far left wing candidate like his opponent McGraff.

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